16 April 2013

Liberia: Oil, Mining Sectors Drive the Country's Economy

An Executive of a Ghanaian Mining Company operating in Liberia-Engineers and Planners (E&P) says the oil, gas and mining sectors like major resources in the Country hold the key to Liberia's economic growth and development, job creation and improving the living standards of all Liberians.

"The Mining industry was once a major contributor to the economic prior to the fourteen years civil conflict accounting for Liberia's huge GDP, export and jobs said Madam Pamela Bowen".

"As an African Company we are aware that the resources of the Country belongs to all Liberians and as such our focus is not just about profit making but we are very much interesting in developing the human resource capacity of Liberia to ensure that Liberians can gradually take over some of the jobs that other Nationals are holding now" she said.

"We are excited to share our knowledge we brought as company from Ghana where we being mining for the past fifteen years."

"Since we started our operations in Liberia as Mining Company contracted by the World largest Iron Ore Company, Arcelor Mittal our day to day challenges that we needed to cope with were the issues of shortage of skill labour, very high operating cost, bad road network, and logistics and housing".

Madam Bowen said for the first one year her Company put up a search for qualified and experienced Liberians who could operate latest equipment at the Mine in Nimba County.

She disclosed that E&P has to struggle to identify and employ potential staff because according to her there wasn't not many skill labours in Liberia.

"My power point presentation on the shortage of skill labour in Liberia cannot in no way suggest that there is no skill in the Country. But Let us be truthful you cannot just work on the streets of Monrovia or go anywhere in Liberia and instantly get 250- people who will operate the kind of equipment we use Madam Bowen said."

"This is the time for us to share the knowledge we have to the young people coming up because the mining, oil, and gas sectors will surely drive the economic so we need thousands of Liberians to have broader skills in making these sectors effective and not just hand full or dozen of people she said."

"I want the few experts in Liberia to initiate program that will ensure the effective transfer of knowledge because sectors cannot easily move forward without knowledge transfer "the E&P official said".

Madam Bowen recommended the formation of what she calls corporate-private partnership to establish training institute to build the capacity at a broader level to equip Liberians for emerging job opportunities.

The Company Director of Finance and Administration boasted that her Company has initiated a number of training for Liberian staff and is gradually overcoming some of the challenges associated with their operations.

She spoke at the end of a three day the 2nd Mining, Energy and Petroleum Conference which was attended by high profile Business personalities from thirty-two Countries around the World.

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